15 Amazing Makeup Dupes That Work Super Well and Will Save You a Bunch of Money

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Confession time. We’re cheap. Not so cheap we’d go to a lunch buffet and stay for dinner (cause, you know, two meals for the price of one), but we’re still pretty darn thrifty – especially when it comes to beauty products. So when we recently saw Amber Rose touting the voluptuous appeal of one common beauty product (Clinique mild face wash) over $199 a pop Creme de la Mer moisturizer, our ears perked. Could we refurbish our beauty regime using low cost replacements for expensive products?

We decided to scour the internets and find out.

We hope you find these cheap make-up dupes as tempting as we do. Just an FYI: 22Words participates in the Amazon affiliate program, and may receive a share of sales from links on this page.

We get it, you’re fancy. And the Smashbox Primer has the whole long name thing going for it. *Whispers* Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer. We can totally imagine a model looking directly at camera, eyes squinted, hair blowing in the wind.  

It has that whole long name thing going for it, and absolutely nothing to do with the vagina (hand to God, we promise). What’s more, it contains dimethicone, the active ingredient in the Smashbox primer, so it’ll keep your makeup on for the entire day and have your skin gleaming like a porcelain doll. #winning! Monistat Complete Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel is available on Amazon and only costs $8.98.

It’s trendy, it’s chic. It comes in one of those gleaming, modern-looking bottles that makes you feel like you too could be gleaming and modern looking, if only you looked like the model holding it. But if you slather enough of it on your face, you just might, so you- Wait, were we doing our internal monologue again? Sorry. Point is, it’s very expensive and very expensive looking because it comes in a fancy bottle and all, which means that people automatically want it.  

It glides on without being too thick and makes your skin look, in the words of one reviewer “DEWY.” The same reviewer describes it as being “THE BOMB” (her words, not ours). L’oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation has the same consistency and lasting power of Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, and it comes without that horrible side of shame that accompanies shelling over $50 for a product you slather on your face. At $10.88 L’oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation  is available on Amazon.

It’s definitely not $199 La Mer, so you can just convince yourself that yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to spend $32 on a moisturizing product. In fact, you might even convince yourself that it’s cost effective – what’s three stacks of tens compared to wrinkles and *gasp* age spots.

Hear us out. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream, feels EXACTLY like Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Hydrator for a waay cheaper price. Don’t believe us? Consider this reviewer – “This stuff works and smells like a dream. The texture is very luxurious. My new go to moisturizer. Also as someone who always breaks out with moisturizer- this one doesn’t.” Or this one: “I love this product! I use this as my face moisturizer everyday. My skin feels soft after I apply it. The consistency is thin which is good as it dries quickly after you apply it. It smells good too! I recommend this product!” So you could sell a piece of your soul – because that’s literally what it feels like to us every time we spend more than $15 on a product – or you could make the sensible decision and buy the cheaper, but equal alternative. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Cream is available at Amazon for $13.52.

The name sells it all – Better Than Sex Mascara. Lovingly stroke this product on your eyelashes, the name suggests, and you’ll look better than sex, which, by default implies that someone will then find you sexier than sex. Honestly, we’re not sure the reasoning that was going through the advertising exec’s head when they named this product, but one thing we do know is that they believe that you will convince yourself you’ll look better than sex when you’re batting your newly plumped up and exaggerated lashes at a potential beau.

It also has a sexually suggestive name, and what’s more, at only $3.59 a pop, it actually works. It makes your lashes look thicker and fuller and has the same amount of drama but half the price. As this reviewer says, “It makes your lashes LONG on the first coat.” Name one thing sexier than that. Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Retroglam Mascara is available at Amazon for $3.59.